Matt Black's Reviews > Game of Shadows: Barry Bonds, BALCO, and the Steroids Scandal that Rocked Professional Sports

Game of Shadows by Mark Fainaru-Wada
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Jul 22, 2011

really liked it
Read from January 22 to 27, 2012 — I own a copy

This is a good read, but a sad one. As a baseball fan myself, I could not help but be saddened by what I was reading. Records and statistics are more important in baseball than perhaps any other sport. And for some, as in the case with players like Barry Bonds, it became an obsession. The steroid scandal of BALCO was huge. It ran through not only baseball, but the Olympics and all other sports as well. This story is a page turner that reads like a crime novel with villain after villain appearing and yet there is no real hero to be found. Who is most at fault? Is it the one who sells the drugs and persuades others to take them (Victor Conte)? Is it the one who just has to have "that record and notoriety? (Barry Bonds, Marion Jones, ect.)" Is it the people running the sports who look the other way for greed and profit sake (Bud Selig)? Or perhaps its all of them. Either way, this true story of darkness has no happy ending.

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